ULG’s Language Solutions Blog

How Do You Increase Participation in Elections? Improve Language Access

  According to the U.S. Census, the 2018 midterm elections attracted the highest voter turnout in four decades—fifty-three percent of the citizen voting-age population. This represented a higher turnout among voters of all age groups as well as major racial ...

Topics: Language, Election


Advice for Aspiring Linguists: How to Make it in Today’s Industry

By jason
    May 11, 2018     On a recent trip to Australia, French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron committed a rather embarrassing slip of the tongue. “Thank you and your delicious wife for your warm welcome…” Macron told Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull ...

Topics: Localization, Translation, Language


Microsoft Says New MT System Achieves “Human Parity”

  How good can Machine Translation (MT) be? Very good, according to Microsoft. Earlier this month, the tech company announced it had created an MT system that reached “human parity” in translating Chinese to English. In other words, the system is said to have ...

Topics: Global News, Machine Translation, Language, Language Solutions, MDR, webinars


The Growing Importance of Arabic in Business

      When a language gains prominence around the world, there is a rise in the demand for speakers of that language in governments and businesses around the world. Higher salaries and unique job positions attract and motivate employees, while businesses ...

Topics: Global News, Global Marketing, Language Learner, Strategy, Technology, Translation, Language


Virtual Reality is the Next Step in Language Learning

      There’s a lot that goes into learning a language. Taking classes, studying textbooks, using apps, watching foreign movies, listening to foreign music, playing video games…the list seems endless. But another method of language learning is starting to ...

Topics: Global News, Language Learner, Strategy, Technology, Translation, Language


Linguistic Code-Switching: What it Is and Why it Happens

On an average day, you might get up, go to work or school, come home, spend time with family and friends, and then go to bed. It sounds pretty typical, doesn’t it? But you might be code-switching all day without even realizing it. So, what is code-switching ...

Topics: Language, culture


Katzensprung and 15 Other Amazing Foreign Idioms

      There’s nothing quite like idioms. Oftentimes they are culturally unique, and offer a glimpse into a country’s history and language. They can also be incredibly difficult to understand for a non-native speaker, and even harder to translate. At first, ...

Topics: Translation, Language, Lost in Translation


The Benefits of Bilingualism in Business

  The tremendous effects of bilingualism on the brain are well-known. They can improve your problem-solving abilities, shape your world perspective, and can delay diseases like Alzheimer’s. Another important benefit of bilingualism is the major advantage it ...

Topics: Global News, Global Marketing, Language Learner, Localization, Strategy, Technology, Language, Machine Translation


3 Linguistics Podcasts Every Language Lover Should Listen To

Podcasts offer people the opportunity to learn, be entertained, or catch up on news while plodding through everyday tasks. While suffering an arduous commute, running on a treadmill or scrubbing the toilet, podcasts engage one’s mind. There are many vehicles ...

Topics: Language, culture, elearning


Google Retries Its Translation Technology Expansion in India

      India continues to grow as a key online market. However, there is one big problem standing in the way—language. Out of India’s population of 1.3 billion, a vast majority don’t speak English, despite the fact that English has become the lingua franca of ...

Topics: Global News, Global News, Language Learner, Machine Translation, Strategy, Technology, Translation, Language


Can Animal Translation Technology Help You Chat with Cats?

  Domesticated animals were one of the first “technologies” humans employed for survival -taming, training, and breeding different species for different purposes. We domesticated horses to carry us long distances, or haul heavy loads. We domesticated dogs to ...

Topics: Global News, Language Learner, Strategy, Technology, Translation, Language


A Review of the Top Language Learning Apps

Traveling to another country can be a daunting, yet exciting opportunity. The language, culture, currency, and more can all be challenging. Luckily, with technology at our fingertips, anyone can find apps that help mitigate the language difficulties that come ...

Topics: Language Learner, Technology, Language, elearning